Easy Homemade Bread

Have failed at many bread recipes lately, so I'm so happy now to share this easy recipe from DIY Home Sweet Home.  I divided their recipe in half to make one loaf of bread. Here's my adaptation below.

Mix together:
2.5 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 tbs salt

1 1/2 cups milk
Add to milk:
1/8 cup sugar
1 tbs yeast
Mix and let set for 5 minutes to dissolve yeast.

Add milk mixture to flour then add 1 egg and 1/8 cup oil.
Add more flour (3 cups) one by one and mix along the way.
Knead, adding a bit of flour to hands a few times to keep things un-sticky.
Let rise 1 1/2 hrs then punch down.
Place in an oiled loaf pans. 
Let dough rise for another 1 1/2 hrs.
Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes or until done.
Butter top.
Cool slightly then remove from pans.

Fitting a Large Shirt to Fit Me

Yesterday, I walked in our local Hospice 5k in memory of my grandmother who passed away a few years ago (comfortably, as she was in Hospice care). I currently volunteer with our local Hospice so I was really happy to walk in the race, remember my grandmother, and support a wonderful organization.

I received a 5k shirt for remembering the event, and I really want to wear it through the summer; but, like many t-shirts I have had in the past, they are too long or too wide to feel fashionable (as fashionable as a basic t-shirt can be).

I found and love this tutorial about how to make a large t-shirt into a smaller t-shirt. I always enjoy learning something so simple and will be so useful in the future. I tried it with my Hospice 5k shirt and I think it turned out well. Check out the tutorial for step by step directions (all you need is a shirt that fits you perfectly, a pencil, and a sewing machine).

Shirt before
Trace a fitted shirt onto the larger shirt
Larger shirt after sewing the new seams
Shirt after :) I like it much better!